Doom brutality colllides with Science Fiction.
One of the UK underground’s most fascinating groups, the sci-fi extreme metal quintet, Wallowing, have released their new single ‘CRIES OF ESTIMA’. It’s the second song from their new album Earth Reaper, to be released 28th April via Church Road Records.
The band comment: “Written as an audible interpretation of a spacecraft’s final journey – from the craft beginning its explorative mission, to a hostile encounter with an enemy star fleet and the eventual crash landing on a dead planet, ‘CRIES OF ESTIMA’ is a brave step into new worlds for Wallowing as sonic storytellers.”
Wallowing have also announced their Earth Reaper tour, with support from Still.
May 11: Birmingham Asylum 2
May 12: Newcastle Bobiks
May 13: Glasgow Garage Attic
May 14: Hull Adelphi
May 15: Leeds Boom
May 16: Bristol The Gryphon
May 17: London New Cross Inn
May 18: Leicester Soundhouse
Labelled a must-see band in the flesh, the faceless Wallowing are as much a conceptual multimedia art project as a band. Known for their intense and atmospheric live show, endless smoke machine, duel lasers, all-black space suits, Wallowing have also released hand-crafted action figures, trading cards, an alternate reality game, and comic book.
Wallowing dive further into their sci-fi reality with the new video ‘Flesh and Steel’, the opening chapter to their second concept album, Earth Reaper. A sonic introduction to the band, the album, and one of the story’s main characters; a mysterious outcast living amongst a group of unlikely and unearthly beings. Yearning to uncover the truth behind her own existence, the outcast makes a risky attempt to break free from her company and face the reality of the dead planet they reside on.
Continuing the themes on Wallowing‘s acclaimed debut Planet Loss (2019), Earth Reaper sees the listener diving into a bleak universe plagued by evil, oppressive rule.
A tale of growth and discovery, an epic journey to uncover the real truth behind the dying planet, Earth Reaper is a tale of hope born from despair, influenced by real-world topics including the current political climate, racism and classism.
Written in two halves, the first six tracks of the album, approximately 22 minutes, is the prologue to the second half, the mighty title track ‘Earth Reaper’, itself 22 minutes. Instrumental and lyric motifs represent various characters and locations, seamlessly weaved into the endlessly-evolving doom-laden narrative. Needless to say, Earth Reaper is an intense experience – a heavily atmospheric and lovingly-detailed sonic journey akin to the most epic of film scores which have inspired it.
Such an immersive approach has seen Wallowing garner a strong following of dedicated fans, eager to escape. Finding their feet in the expanded metal and sci-fi communities throughout the COVID pandemic, the group have since toured the UK twice, performed internationally for the first time, released a split EP and re-released their debut in Asia via Gutless Productions.